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Colin Marsh Award

Presented for a quality contribution to the curriculum debate.

The Colin Marsh award is sponsored by Pearson Australia and presented for the article published in the journal Curriculum Perspectives which has made a quality contribution to the curriculum debate by best addressing the following criteria:

  • Potential for impact on the curriculum community (constructive, persuasive, timely)
  • Understanding of curriculum issues involved
  • Readability (clarity, structure, precision)
  • Depth of critical perspective/analysis
  • Consideration of the principles of social justice, equity and respect for all.

The award consists of a trophy and $2,000. It will be presented every two years at ACSA's Biennial Curriculum Conference.


The award is presented in memory of Colin Marsh, Foundation President of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) and editor of ACSA's professional journal Curriculum Perspectives 1980-2012.

Colin Marsh was our wonderful friend and colleague, who initiated the establishment of the ACSA and was the first editor of Curriculum Perspectives, died suddenly at his home in Perth Western Australian on Monday, 6th August 2012. Under Colin's editorial leadership, Curriculum Perspectives became a highly sort after professional journal that we have all come to respect and acknowledge as ACSA's flagship publication and Australia's first and most authoritative curriculum studies journal.

Colin will long be remembered and acknowledged as a great Australian educator. He had a lifelong concern for teacher education having been one of a group of innovators who established new approach to teacher education at Murdoch University in its foundation years. His Becoming a Teacher: Knowledge, Skills and Issues (now in its 5th edition) continues to be a basic text in many teacher education programmes across the country.

He also had an international vision and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Slovenia. Put simply, he was a man of great vision, integrity, enormous wisdom and one of this country's most significant educators. A man whose contribution to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum studies in Australian education, will continue to influence how teachers teach and what they teach for many years to come.

Most importantly of all, Colin was a treasured and respected friend to all of the many contributors, loyal subscribers and regular readers of Curriculum Perspectives.  His sensitive, insightful thinking and in depth writing inspired many people in all areas of education and schooling but most particularly in the area of curriculum studies.

Curriculum Perspectives will be Colin's lasting legacy to ACSA, its members and contributors, and indeed to Australian education.

The Colin Marsh Award will honour his contribution to education and curriculum studies.

2013 Colin Marsh Award

The article is from Curriculum Perspectives Volume 33 No 1 and is titled The inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in the Australian National Curriculum: A cultural, cognitive and socio-political evaluation by Kevin Lowe and Tyson Yunkaporta.

Kevin Lowe, a Gubbi Gubbi man from southeast Queensland was until recently the Inspector, Aboriginal Education in the New South Wales Board of Studies. He had extensive experience in schools, vocational education and universities before taking up his position at the Board in 2001. He has held positions in the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages, the New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and was a foundation member of the Eastern States Aboriginal Languages Group. Over the last decade his work has focused on developing curriculum to teach both Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages. He has also worked with Aboriginal communities, schools and education systems across New South Wales to facilitate the development of quality educational projects that support effective school and community learning partnerships. He is currently a doctoral student at Newcastle University.

Tyson Kaawoppa Yunkaporta is a Bama man of Nungar and Koori descent. With an accomplished career in both mainstream and Aboriginal community context, Tyson has worked in K-12 classrooms, as a university lecturer, as a consultant in the Department of Education and as an Aboriginal pedagogy mentor. Tyson completed his Ph.D. in Education at James Cook University, where he was awarded the medal for excellence with his thesis titled Aboriginal Pedagogies at the Cultural Interface. Tyson is currently working on a number of educational projects, including the Aurora Indigenous Aspiration Project; where he provides advice on the development of educational programs. He is also an advisor to the Western Region Department of Education and Communities.

Read article here.

Kevin Lowe receiving the inaugural Colin Marsh Award from ACSA President Garry McLean at the 2013 ACSA Biennial Curriculum Conference in Darwin. 
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